How have you been spending your offseason? Do you still play the game in your downtime?
Yes I do. I’ve been playing at least 3 to 8 games a day and hanging out with my friends. Nothing special.
With the conclusion of the 2014 World Championship, how do you feel about your overall performance?
I’m not satisfied that much because I know we could have done better if I did great and communicated better. I’ve been taking English classes and hope to do a lot next split.
Who was your favorite team to play against and why? Which bot lane gave you the most trouble? What did you learn most during your time boot camping and throughout the World Championship and how much do you think you improved?
My favorite team to play against is Cloud 9. They are really popular and are believed to be the best, and I want to prove that wrong. It won’t be easy because they are actually a very strong team.
I think the bot lane who gave me most trouble at worlds was Uzi/Zero. WildTurtle and I had never gotten into serious trouble in a 2v2 except against them.
I did learn how to take even just one scrim serious and what true supporting was. I think I improved a lot but I’m stuck in Korea for visa problem so I feel I’m gonna forget what I learned.
The World Championship saw the rise of Janna, being picked or banned a total of 53 times and emerging with a 62% win rate. What do you think contributed most to her popularity and do you believe she will remain a contested pick moving into season 5?
Janna is actually a good champion, but she is simple. I think top 3 S tier supports were Thresh/Zilean/Alistar at the time, but Zilean and Alistar both were must bans or you were forced to play an unbalanced game.
So the next tier was Nami and Janna, though the meta was more fit to Janna. World Championship Season 4 was poke city meta.
IEM San Jose is fast approaching. How do you plan to prepare for the tournament? Where do you feel you need the most improvement?
I’m going to continue practicing in Korea with solo queue games or high elo premade matches. I feel I still need to get better at English and communication.
Piglet was recently announced as Team Curse’s new ADC. What are your thoughts on this move and how strong do you think the Xpecial/Piglet bot lane will be? Are they your biggest threat in the NA LCS?
I like both of them but I have heard a lot about Piglet’s personality and I don’t think him and Xpecial would make a good combination. I’m actually way more worried about Doublelift/Aphromoo.
When you initially made the move to NA, how was your English? Is it difficult playing a team game with a language barrier? What did you do to overcome any communication issues? How much has your English improved?
My English wasn’t that good and even now is not great. However it has improved a lot and I continue to improve it. My team and coaches are also helping me, and I am really glad to be here.
You and Locodoco were friends before joining TSM. Is it difficult to maintain both a professional and personal relationship with someone you’ve known for so long?
I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mind our friendship when he is coaching. I think that’s the right way of doing things and hope it will continue.
You’ve been playing with TSM for several months now. What is the biggest difference playing in NA vs. Korea? Is there anything you would change about LCS or OGN format?
The biggest difference thing is people speaking English, kappa. Actually, people have so much fervor compared to Asia. They really enjoy playing the game. I don’t think format matters but LCS format gives me less stress.
What is your favorite food in the US?
In & Out Double Double burger. I like the seasoning.
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